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Friday, Feb. 24, 2006


Psychedelic radar 02.24

Special to The Japan Times Online

Saturday, Feb. 25

Twisted Tour 2006

Solstice Music presents "Twisted Tour 2006" at Zepp Osaka. Opens at 10 p.m. Entrance is 7,000 yen at the door.

Live acts Hallucinogen, Younger Brother, and Prometheus -- all Twisted Records -- plus DJ sets by Tristan and Takashi.

A surprising number of people showed up last weekend for the Tokyo stop on the tour, demonstrating clearly the huge following of Simon Posford's Hallucinogen genius. The Osaka party will be supported by Blissdom, but there is no mention of lasers, which are the perfect companion for music this heavy.

Saturday, Feb. 25

Dears Music International presents "Sweet Dreams 2006 Part 1" at Serbian Night in Kawasaki. This event is supposed to be part of the Safi Connection Japan Tour, but the latest lineup contains no Safi.

In his place will be guest DJs Guy Salama (Hommega) and Kemix (Earthcore), Ino (Psychedelic Bushido), Butaro (Psychedelic Bushido), and Muffin (Psychedelic Bushido). Starts at 11 p.m. Entrance is 4,000 yen at the door.

Saturday, March 4

Dears Music International presents "Sweet Dreams 2006 Part 2" at Serbian Night in Kawasaki. Again, there's no sign of Safi Connection on the Safi Japan Tour.

Live act Hypersonic (Phonokol) plus DJs Kemix (Earthcore), Ino (Psychedelic Bushido), Wataru and Oz. Starts at 11 p.m. Entrance is 4,000 yen at the door.

CD Case -- Full-On

"Play Way," compiled by DJs AMS and Cobra (Doof Records)

Play Way - Dood Records

One thing I look forward to every time I get my hands on a new release from Doof Records is the promise of a mental escape from cold, gray Tokyo to a desert night in Israel. Granted, it's a long way to travel, but the in-flight entertainment is always mind-bending.

Doof's first sortie in 2006 is "Play Way," released early last month. DJs Cobra and AMS, who are caricatured on the cover, spent last summer snooping out some excellent dark and funny tracks for this compilation.

You'll know that you're in a Doof album about 30 seconds into the first track, "Mario Bros.," by Swiss act Electrypnose (Vince Le Barde). Those first 30 seconds are filled with sound effects from a very familiar video game. My favorite is the next one, "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Ultratech, which contains a trancey version of that challenging arrangement of the final movement of Edvard Grieg's familiar work, "Peer Gynt Suite No. 1."

As always, expect wild sound bites, twisted segues and the kind of inspired acidic basslines that you would need to keep going on a dark desert night.

All parties are in Tokyo unless otherwise noted. Send potential party pick info to the2ndroom@yahoo.com

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